Honeywell Transportation Systems says light turbo car sales to triple in the U.S., other markets, by 2017.
With corporate average fuel economy standards looming, turbocharger maker Honeywell Transportation Systems predicts that turbochargers will find their way into three times the amount of light vehicles than were available in 2011 by 2017. A full quarter of all light vehicles sold in the U.S. will be available with a turborcharged engine by then, Honeywell believes.
The total will go from about 1.3 million light turbo vehicles sold in 2011 to four million in 2017, Automotive News reported.
Honeywell also believes sales of small turbo cars will triple to 6.7 million units in 2017 in China, go up by the same factor in India to three million units, and go up by about 35 percent to 17.4 million units in Europe.
Already, many manufacturers are offering smaller engines with a turbocharger rather than larger, naturally-aspirated engine. Chevrolet is a great example, with its 1.4-liter turbo inline-four in the Sonic and Cruze. Ford also has its range of EcoBoost turbocharged engines in everything from its Focus hatchback (the ST is, admittedly, a performance model) to the Fusion, Escape, Flex, F-150, Taurus and more. Ford plans to offer turbo engines in 90 percent of its fleet by next year.
CAFE regulations from the government require automakers to cut emissions by 30 percent from 2011 levels by 2020.